This is a love story that is yet to get over a political barrier — literally. Engaged four years ago, two Chennai doctors belonging to rival political families have been waiting patiently for the woman’s father to get a nod for the union from his political boss and now Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Bride-to-be Lassya, 26, daughter of senior AIADMK Lok Sabha member M Thambidurai is engaged to Naveen, 30, son of veteran Tamil Nadu Congress leader C Gnanasekharan, whose party is in the opposition with ally DMK in the state.
Not willing to wait any longer while her father dilly-dallied over the marriage, Lassya decided to take matters into her own hands. One fine day she walked into Jayalalithaa’s swanky Poes Garden residence with a letter urging her to help the couple get married.
Thambidurai was unavailable for comment but Gnanasekharan said he understood his predicament. “In the AIADMK, it’s a no-no to be seen rubbing shoulders with the ‘enemy’ even at social gatherings,” he said. “I hope Thambidurai speaks to his leader soon.”
It’s not as if marriages across political parties do not take place in Tamil Nadu. Gnanasekharan himself married the daughter of a DMK MLA at a time when the Congress and DMK were at loggerheads with each other.